Based upon the hit role-playing video game from award-winning developer BioWare! The Templar Order, once the sworn protectors of the Circle of Magi, are murdering and burning mages across the land. Seeking haven with the Grey Wardens, elf mage Valya joins a caravan to Weisshaupt, where she stumbles onto an ages-old secret diary from the infamous end of the Fourth Blight. Reading it, Valya falls into the tragic story of Isseya, another elven mage - a fierce Grey Warden and the lost-to-history twin sister of the hero Garahel, who sacrificed himself to end the Fourth Blight. Isseya once kept the now-extinct griffons, watching and caring for the trained mounts and their empathic warrior companions - a noble task. But her dreams of protecting Thedas from the ever-encroaching threat led to a perilous decision, and her name has been shrouded in secrecy ever since. Isseya's tale winds deep into Valya's heart, and now the fate of Thedas may just rest in her hands.
Liane Merciel grew up in Germany, South Korea, and several different parts of the United States. She is an alumnus of Yale University and the College of William & Mary Law School. She now lives in Philadelphia, where she practices law. Liane is the author of two original fantasy novels, The River King's Road and its sequel, Heaven's Needle, and has written both novels and short works for the Pathfinder rpg.